Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Happy Sunday, friends. Last week I got this cute plant and Broad City card as a "just because"/"thank you" gift at work and it absolutely made my day. Never underestimate a nice gesture. They are important.

I need to start by talking about the most exciting thing that's happened in the past two weeks (even though it didn't really happen to me): One of my best friends got engaged!!!

In January, I published a "Finding Your Spark" interview with her about the beauty of home, family, and establishing roots for your future. And now her boyfriend is her fiancé! When she texted me the news one afternoon, I made her FaceTime me immediately to tell me everything, even though I was still at work. I am so happy for the two of them.

I also got a lovely message from one of you recently that I wanted to answer here. I was asked what made me want to become a writer and share my work.

Firstly, it's flattering to be called a "writer." I guess that's what I am, yes, but the title "writer" has a lot of weight to it. In the episode of the "Armchair Expert" podcast with Zach Braff, he shared a quote from "Scrubs" writer Bill Lawrence: "There's nothing worse than having to write and there's nothing better than having written." I've said before about how, as rewarding as writing can be, it can also be tough, feeling like I don't have anything worthwhile to write about and/or that no one is reading anyway. So having someone else refer to me as a writer felt nice. Thank you.

To answer your question, I've always enjoyed writing in some form or another. When I was in elementary school, a friend and I would write short stories. My sister and I would write songs together. I've always kept a journal. Throughout my life, I've been writing. The reason I decided to start sharing my writing and using a public platform is because I wanted to use writing to connect to other people. To start conversations, to relate to others, to not feel alone in my thoughts and to help others not feel alone in theirs.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

"A Quiet Place"

I'd been looking forward to seeing this movie for three reasons: (1) John Krasinski, (2) Emily Blunt, and (3) a unique storyline. I saw it on Friday and it was exactly what I thought it'd be but better. I knew it'd be focused on being quiet, obviously, but I still wasn't expecting just how quiet it ended up being. There is hardly any dialogue, as most of the communication between characters is through sign language. Sounds are so rare, and so dreaded since they're dangerous, that even as an audience member, you find yourself trying not to make any noise.

Self Love sweatshirt

At this point, we all know that sweatshirts are my go-to on the weekends. I love to be comfortable. I recently bought the coziest pullover that also has a nice message. Self-love is important. You can buy your own here.

Maybelline SuperStay matte lipstick

This is the longest lasting liquid lipstick I've ever tried, hands down. It's almost ridiculous. It doesn't come off when I eat, it sometimes doesn't come off completely even during a shower. It's great. I bought the shade "seductress," a nice pink nude, perfect for everyday wear.

Brain It On!

Wow, after saying I don't play a lot of app games, I certainly have been recommending them pretty regularly. I've been playing "Brain It On!" on my iPad for the past few weeks. Essentially, you have to get a ball from point A to point B by drawing different lines and shapes. Even though there are multiple ways to solve each puzzle, it's usually hard to find even one.

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